The ATL-98 Carvair

A Comprehensive History of the Aircraft and All 21 Airframes


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About the Book

The ATL-98 Carvair is a truly unusual aircraft. Converted from 19 C-54 World War II transport planes and two DC-4 airliners into a small fleet of air ferries by Aviation Traders of Southend, England, the Carvair allowed commercial air passengers to accompany their automobiles onboard the aircraft. The planes were dispersed throughout the world, operating for 75 airlines and transporting cars, royalty, rock groups, refugees, whales, rockets, military vehicles, gold, and even nuclear material. After more than 45 years, two Carvairs were in 2008 still in service.
This comprehensive history of the ATL-98 Carvair, begins with corporate histories and profiles of key players, including William Patterson, Donald Douglas, and Freddie Laker. Four chapters illustrate the evolution of the car-ferry as a viable aircraft, the history of Aviation Traders, engineering details incorporated into the Carvair’s production, and major Carvair operators. Chapters on each of the fleet’s 21 planes provide individual histories and anecdotes. Seven appendices provide several kinds of data and the book is fully indexed.

About the Author(s)

William Patrick Dean served in the U.S. Air Force and spent three decades with United Airlines. He has published numerous articles and photographed more than 10,000 aircraft. He lives in Henderson, Nevada.

Bibliographic Details

William Patrick Dean
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 415
Bibliographic Info: 178 photos, glossary, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015 [2008]
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6280-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5177-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Foreword by Michael O’Callaghan 1

Preface 3

Introduction 5

Part I: Getting Off the Ground

1. Corporate History 11

2. Car-Ferry Evolution 24

3. Aviation Traders Engineering Limited 31

4. Engineering 50

5. Carvair Operators 75

Part II: Individual Aircraft Histories

6. Carvair Zero 95

7. Carvair One 96

8. Carvair Two 107

9. Carvair Three 114

10. Carvair Four 121

11. Carvair Five 134

12. Carvair Six 165

13. Carvair Seven 175

14. Carvair Eight 191

15. Carvair Nine 200

16. Carvair Ten 211

17. Carvair Eleven 225

18. Carvair Twelve 237

19. Carvair Thirteen 247

20. Carvair Fourteen 257

21. Carvair Fifteen 268

22. Carvair Sixteen 273

23. Carvair Seventeen 284

24. Carvair Eighteen 295

25. Carvair Nineteen 301

26. Carvair Twenty 312

27. Carvair Twenty-One 334

Epilogue 349

Appendix 1: Carvair’s DC-4 Airframes 351

Appendix 2: Individual Aircraft Dated Histories 352

Appendix 3: DC-4 Owners and Operators 375

Appendix 4: ATL-98 Carvair Owners, Operators, Liveries 376

Appendix 5: DC-4 Registration 377

Appendix 6: Carvair Registration 378

Appendix 7: Aircraft Names 379

Glossary 381

Chapter Notes 385

Bibliography 391

Index 397

Book Reviews & Awards

“detailed…recommended”—Choice; “excellent…a serious aviation history…highly recommend”—Propliners; “detailed”—Aircraft Magazine; “well worth its purchase price…there is much previously unpublished data…a truly remarkable job”—Aviation World; “recommend[ed]…superb”—The Essex Hundred; “monumental”—Airways; “highly recommend…well researched”—Logbook; “a supremely well-presented book”—SpeedReaders; “fascinating…a meticulous accounting of the life history of each of the 21 Carvair aircraft…interesting…ample detail and statistics”—American Aviation Historical Society; “the definitive work on the Aviation Traders Carvair…fascinating…well illustrated, with good coverage of the total Carvair fleet through the years…highly recommended”—Irish Air Letter.